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    30th Anniversary ULTRAMAN POWERED Flash Prism Coming This August From Premium Bandai

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. press release

    Premium Bandai, the official mail order site of Bandai Namco, is now accepting pre-orders for the "Ultra Replica Flash Prism" (ウルトラレプリカ フラッシュプリズム, Urutora Repurika Furasshu Purizumu), a replica of the Beta Capsule transformation device used by  Kenichi Kai (played by Kane Kosugi) in Tsuburaya's 1993 American co-production, ULTRAMAN: THE ULTIMATE HERO a.k.a. ULTRAMAN POWERED  (ウルトラマンパワード, Urutoraman Pawādo).

    BPhoto courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONSandai produced a DX version of the Flash Prism at the time of the show's release, but that collectible was larger than the prop from the series due to having built-in batteries and other structural features. Now, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ULTRAMAN POWERED,  Bandai has created a new sculpt of the Flash Prism for their "Ultra Replica Series" that utilizes the latest design technology to incorporate light-up and voice-activated gimmicks into the device while maintaining an accurate, streamlined form.


    Transformation Gimmick

    The voice button is placed on the crystal part on the back side of the device to make the transformation more like the one in ULTRAMAN POWERED. This allows the user to press the button in the same "clench your fist" motion as seen in the show, and the transformation sound can be activated in a more natural pose.

    In addition, LEDs are built into the left, right, and center crystals, emitting light in time with the sound.


    Audio Gimmicks

    The mode automatically switches to "Powered Post-Transformation State" (パワード変身後状態, Pawādo Henshin-go Jōtai) upon activation of the transformation sound. In this mode, various sound effects, such as Powered's Mega Spacium Beam and Color Timer, can be heard at the touch of a button.

    In addition, the device is equipped with a "Sound Battler Mode" (サウンドバトラーモード, Saundo Batorā Mōdo) that can recreate the intense battle scenes from the show.

    The Ultra Replica Flash Prism also includes the roars of all 17 "Powered Monsters" (ウルトラマンパワード, Pawādo Monsutā) from ULTRAMAN POWERED, and allows the user to makee any monster sound along with the grunts and yells of Powered.

    Ultraman Powered fires his Mega Spacium Beam. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ■ Ultra Replica Flash Prism Product Overview

    Price: 9,900円 (Approximately $73.77 US, Tax Included)  Shipping and Handling Not Included
    Ages: 15 Years and Up

    Set Contents: Flash Prism and Display Stand
    Product Size: Flash Prism - H Approximately 50mm x W Approximately 180mm x D Approximately 30mm (H 2 Inches x W 7 Inches x D 1.2 Inches), Display Stand - H Approximately 30mm x W Approximately 40mm x D Approximately 40mm (H 1.2 Inches x W 1.6 Inches x D 1.6 Inches)
    Product Material: Flash Prism  - ABS, PC, Display Stand - ABS

    Distributor: Bandai Co.
    Production Area: China
    Retailer: Premium Bandai

    Pre-Order Period: Through Friday, May 5, 2023
    Product Delivery: Scheduled for August 2023


    About Bandai Spirits

    Bandai Spirits was established in 2018 with the goal of achieving business growth in global markets for products geared toward a mature fan base.

    With plastic models, toys for a mature fan base, character lottery, and amusement prizes at their core, they are expanding their category brands globally in each business, including Gunpla, TAMASHII NATIONS, Ichibankuji, and BANPRESTO.

    They are also strengthening their system to deliver products to more customers around the world through Premium Bandai, the Group's official e-commerce website operated by Bandai Spirits.

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